Bachelor’s in Agricultural and Extension Education – West Virginia University

 The Bachelor’s in Agricultural and Extension Education is designed  to prepare students for entry into agricultural teaching, extension, or other professional employment in government, industry, or entrepreneurship where competence in communications and leadership are required. In order to prepare career-ready graduates, the curriculum provides flexibility to develop programs in options emphasizing teacher preparation, extension education, or production and technical agriculture. Courses are selected by the student in consultation with an advisor that will prepare the student to achieve his or her aspirations.

The three options within the agricultural and extension education major:

AGRICULTURE TEACHER EDUCATION

This option provides graduates with the opportunity to become qualified to teach in the broad field of agriculture as well as to become prepared to teach in such areas as production, agribusiness, conservation and forestry, agricultural mechanics, processing, horticulture and natural resources. In addition to teaching, graduates have the opportunity for employment with governmental agencies and in private enterprise.

EXTENSION, LEADERSHIP, AND COMMUNICATIONS

This option prepares students with a foundation for extension education, agribusiness positions related to human resource management, international and corporate training and development, agricultural literacy and public relations, political interests, and commodity service organizations.

AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES

This option prepares students to enter into the broad field of production and technical agriculture. The curriculum combines a broad range of technical courses in animal science, crop and soil science, horticulture, biological systems, agricultural mechanics, and agricultural economics.

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